Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome

GONZALEZ, Sarai & . illus. by Christine Almeda. 112p. Scholastic. Sept. 2018. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781338236682.
Gr 1–3—Sarai Gonzlez is awesome. She has a sign that says so in case anyone forgets. When she encounters a problem, she tackles it with her usual can-do attitude. Of course, raising enough money to help save her grandparents' house will take more than just cupcake sales, so she concocts a plan that involves her whole family in lemonade sales and a dance competition. The inspiration for this new series is 11-year-old Sarai Gonzalez, an Internet sensation, actress, and activist, who co-authored the story with the award-winning Brown. The duo has teamed up to create an upbeat, energetic tale full of positive vibes and feel-good family moments, all based on Gonzalez's life. Latinx readers will appreciate the Spanish terms sprinkled throughout, while colorful spot art adds charm. Young readers will embrace the Gonzalez family and appreciate Sarai's boundless enthusiasm.
VERDICT A lively, fast-paced book with short chapters, perfect for intermediate readers looking for inspiring and optimistic family tales.

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